Pravit’s dictionary of lese majeste

12 11 2009

PPT suggests readers take the time to look through Pravit Rojanaphruk’s compendium of terms on lese majeste that shows the frustration and dismay associated with the generalized crackdown on dissent, the media, and free speech in Thailand. Get it here: Prachatai (12 November 2009). Some excerpts:

Pravit has a strong attack on Amnesty International and related to Da Torpedo (In PPT’s experience, AI won’t listen or care): “Sentenced in August 2009 to 18 years in prison for ‘insulting’ the King. Although Daranee is a prisoner of conscience the London-based Amnesty International has failed to classify her as such. Though AI issued a statement on June 25, 2009 calling for “a public trial” on the case which was ordered closed to the public by the Thai court, AI didn’t even raise any objection to the lese majeste law or whether the law is producing prisoner of conscience or not. And one would have thought that AI’s specialty was the issue of “prisoner of conscience”. Perhaps not anymore.”

Pravit continues: “At this stage, would it not be better for Thailand’s crippled state of freedom of expression if AI would explicitly renounce its role in campaigning for prisoner of conscience? As long as AI keeps mum about the issue some people may be misled into believing that there indeed exist no prisoner of conscience in Thailand. So if you can’t do the job, then at least let others know that you’re no longer doing it.”

Pravit asks: “Who will dare tell the society – please do not OVER-revere the monarchy because it may not be good for Thailand/democracy/stock market etc.”

And this: “How can people trust local news when they are well-aware that Thai media is famous/infamous for exercising widespread self-censorship/censorship regarding the monarchy institution, incessantly/untiringly and abundantly praise and report only GOOD NEWS about the institution?”



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